January 5, 2017

SumoMaya :: Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale's SumoMaya was created by Chefs Matt Zdeb and Hisao Andy Suzuki. Together they celebrate cuisines of Mexico and Asia, with a unique seasonal fusion cuisine.
November 18, 2016

Crudo :: Phoenix, Arizona

Crudo is Chef-Owner Cullen Campbell's imaginative eatery, serving small plates including his fabulous silky crudos. Phoenix seems to have quite a few restaurants located in strip malls, though it is unexpected to find an upscale restaurant that impresses.
October 31, 2016

Glass and Vine :: Coconut Grove, FL

Glass and Vine in Coconut Grove was created by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, a James Beard Award nominee and winner of the Food Network's show, Chopped, and Grove Bay Hospitality Group. The indoor/outdoor 200 seat restaurant is located in the heart of Peacock Park.
October 23, 2016

L’Express :: Montreal

L'Express in Montreal is charming, lively, and, I think, the closest I've found to a true Parisian-style bistro in North America. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, the cuisine is well-crafted – based on creating rich flavours using simple ingredients. It's a great option for a bite after shopping on Rue Saint-Denis.
October 17, 2016

D Liche Cupcakes :: Montreal

D Liche doesn't cut corners and it shows, they have really hit a home run with their product. The triple chocolate was off the charts delicious. It was moist, dense, intense in flavour and incredibly rich. It was not your average cupcake, surpassing the many previous versions I have tried. The cupcake "bar" has been raised.
October 8, 2016

Joe Beef :: Montreal

Montreal has a rich food culture which we have enjoyed exploring on our short trip there. One of the toughest reservations to snag was at the iconic restaurant Joe Beef at 2491 Notre-Dame West. We actually had to use connections to get in. It didn't help that it was voted the #4 best restaurant in Canada in 2016.
September 22, 2016

The Montreal Museum of Fine Art

The Montreal Museum of Fine Art is one of the most impressive museums in North America. I especially enjoyed the modern art, sculpture garden, and Canadian art sections. Worth a visit when visiting Montreal.
September 20, 2016

Brasserie T :: Montreal

I was so wowed with my experience at Toque in Montreal that I had to go to the other establishment that is overseen by Chef Normand Laprise, Brasserie T, located next door to the Place des Arts.
September 20, 2016

Toque :: Montreal

The tasting menu is always a surprise. They won't tell you what it is in advance. They only ask if you have any allergies or aversions.
June 9, 2016

Cafe Monarch :: Scottsdale, Arizona

The chef has a passion for what he does and you can see and feel it in the attention to detail. How he can create such wonderful food in such a tiny kitchen is a wonder to me. This place lives up to its reputation with great quality food and service in a romantic setting.
June 6, 2016

Sel :: Scottsdale, Arizona

My last night in Arizona I saved Chef Branden Levine's brand new restaurant Sel. Each plate we tasted was carefully executed and boasted sophisticated and bold flavours. This restaurant is a welcome change from the casual eateries in Arizona. The Chef's mission is to change the way people dine here, and he is doing an excellent job of it.
June 2, 2016

The Gladly :: Pheonix, Arizona

Named one of Phoenix's best new restaurants, The Gladly takes familiar fare and adds a playful and decadent twist. Great presentations and food pairings. Recommended!